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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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How Should Vacation Rentals Be Taxed? Missouri Lawmakers Hear From Stakeholders

The explosive growth and expansion of transient guest nightly rentals at the Lake has been good for homeowners and vacationers. Some families are opting to rent a home on the lake, where they can enjoy a kitchen and multiple living

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Short-term rentals, long-term fix

The planning department for the city of Spokane is trying to get the word out that short-term rental operators using online home-stay networks such as Airbnb and VRBO are required to obtain licenses from the city and state.  The Spokane

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Miami Beach puts off new rules for Airbnb rentals until December (FL)

If a property is within the zones where short-term rentals are allowed, owners would be required to submit a sworn affidavit to the city that the home or condo has obtained the appropriate business tax receipt and resort tax registration

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Condo concierges face off against tourists, partiers in Airbnb war (ON)

Outside the brightly decorated lobby of the 32-storey condominium tower at 600 Fleet St. stands artist Douglas Coupland’s statue of a giant British toy soldier standing over a fallen invading Yankee, commemorating the War of 1812. Inside, the building’s security

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City of San Diego addresses Short Term Rentals

The President of the San Diego City Council, Sherri Lightner called for a special meeting to take place yesterday to address the municipal code regarding visitor accommodations in short-term vacation rentals.  The meeting would clarify whether renting out the entirety

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Short Term Rental Court Case Summaries

A summary of cases relating to community associations and short-term rentals.      Read the article…………..

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How HOAs Can Solve Short-Term Rental Challenges

With the growing popularity of peer-to-peer short-term rental services like Airbnb and VRBO.com, HOA boards face a number of new, rental-related challenges. On one side are homeowners who want to generate income through their property. On the other side are

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New York and Airbnb head back to court over illegal short-term rentals, and it may all come down to the Communications Decency Act

In a spate of cases across the country, Airbnb is opening up a line of attack that pits Internet freedom against land use regulation. The shield Airbnb seeks to use these days is primarily the Communication Decency Act Section 230,

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New Arizona Law Could Affect Homeowner Associations

Governor Ducey signed SB1350 on June 12, 2016, and it becomes effective January 1, 2017. The bill prohibits municipalities from restricting or regulating the ability of homeowners to use their property as vacation rentals and short-term rentals, with certain specified

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Condo owner does battle with the AirBnB next door (AB)

Condo and apartment dwellers across the country are now doing battle in the hallways of their owns buildings, as neighbours grapple with a problem that didn’t exist even five years ago.  Edmonton’s Ninetta Tavano is one of those caught up

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Strata and hotelier communities furious as holiday let report sweeps away Airbnb restrictions (Australia)

Home-sharers, opportunist apartment owners and lobbyists of online holiday rental agencies are the clear winners in the report into holiday rental legislation to be tabled in parliament today.  On the other side, the obvious losers are strata residents who don’t

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Montana gateway and resort towns struggle with impact of vacation rentals

She said Montana vacation rentals are not allowed to be used as venues for large gatherings such as weddings. However, an independently managed rental near Red Lodge hosted a wedding with about 200 guests earlier this year. The event prompted

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Cathedral City vacation rental rules give power to HOAs (CA)

Cathedral City homeowners associations, like Cathedral Springs, Desert Princess and Canyon Shores, got a little more powerful Wednesday with the city’s approval of an ordinance amending its vacation rental regulations.  City Council voted 4-0, with Councilman Mark Carnevale absent, to

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Short Term Rentals in Community Associations and Cities – a Constantly-Changing Landscape

Rental restrictions have been a topic of conversation among those living in and serving community associations for several years. However, in the past few years the conversation has shifted from things such as rental caps to specific provisions regarding short

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NSW’s new strata laws have a sting in store for celebrating Airbnb fans

While court judgments such as the Watergate Docklands case are swinging in favour of the right to use residential apartments for short-term letting through sites like Stayz and Airbnb, the NSW government has quietly slipped a useful provision in its

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Short Term Rentals

Short-Term Rentals (“STRs”), which can encompass everything from nightly rentals to thirty day rentals to six month rentals, have become a hot button issue in common interest communities since the inception of websites such as airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. The

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Reasonable Doubt: are my neighbours allowed to rent their condo units through AirBNB?

Airbnb is a popular service that allows people to rent rooms, apartments and entire homes on a short-term basis. But the online community has come under fire in Toronto. As the proliferation of short-term rentals continues, condominium unit owners are

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Tenant turned Airbnb proprietor becomes landlord’s nightmare (ON)

But within days, before the rent cheques started bouncing, Tremblay’s tenancy turned into Mah’s nightmare when building staff advised the female occupant was renting the unit to multiple individuals, probably through Airbnb, a website offering short-term rentals in private homes.

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Strata crackdown locks out Airbnb guest (BC)

When Kyle MacDonald and his fiancé booked a five-night stay at a luxurious two-bedroom downtown suite through Airbnb, they didn’t expect to be caught in the crossfire between the owner and the building’s strata.  On their fourth day, the couple’s

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Should Your Condo Association Offer Short-Term Rentals?

Things are being changed around in the condo association industry now that we have services like Airbnb that offer short-term rentals. With these types of platforms, it’s fairly easy for property owners to rent out their spaces to travelers who

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New Services Help Associations Thwart Unauthorized Short-Term Rentals

The problem of short-term rentals with the help of Airbnb and other similar websites in violation of community association rules has quickly become one of the most pressing issues facing associations today. Even though Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO claim they

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Creating Condo Association Policies for Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals, powered by technology companies like Airbnb and VRBO, are shaking up the Condo Association industry. Their easy to use platform is making it such that Owners can easily – and often illegally – rent out their property to

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HOA told to back off on short-term rental restrictions (CA)

The California Coastal Commission has ordered a homeowners association in Oxnard to rescind its recently passed regulation on short-term rentals and warned that the association could face hefty fines.  In an Aug. 26 letter sent to the Mandalay Shores Community

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How your neighbor’s Airbnb rental can affect your property values

Q:  I’ve been scouring the Internet (without success), looking for data regarding whether short-term rentals (STRs, e.g., Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) increase or decrease property values in the areas around them, as well as whether home buyers are more likely to

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Owners battle rental companies for condo board control

A group of residents and owners took back control of their condo building Tuesday night from short-term rental companies they say had stacked the board of directors against them, and were allowing the building to be run like a hotel.

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Vancouver condo owners and renters upset by prolific AirBnb hosts

Airbnb listings in Vancouver condos continue to raise concern among some homeowners and renters.  Vancouver resident Diane Felske was shocked when she sold her one-bedroom Olympic Village apartment this summer, only to find it listed on Airbnb weeks later.  

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Airbnb: Does Your Condo Have a Rule Prohibiting Short-term Leasing?

The controversy continues over hotel-like nightly rentals of residential condominium units through the Airbnb website. This may be the hottest topic in condominium law right now (in addition to the revised Condominium Act, of course)! Every week there appears to

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Is Short-Term Leasing a “Commercial Use”?

In Houston v. Wilson Mesa Ranch Homeowners Association, Inc., the Colorado Court of Appeals held that short-term rentals did not violate a covenant prohibiting commercial use of a unit. However, this ruling did not indicate that all restrictions on short-term

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Limited Residential Lodging (e.g. Airbnb) – Is It Allowed in Your Association? (VA)

What exactly is limited residential lodging? It is, in essence, renting of rooms or entire homes or condo units for short term occupancy i.e. less than 30 days. Airbnb provides a searchable online marketplace that enables homeowners to list for

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Ganim (Mayor) told to stop renting out condo (CT)

Mayor Joe Ganim will have to eliminate “providing tenants fresh sheets and towels” from his list of responsibilities governing Connecticut’s largest city.  Ganim broke the rules when he launched short-term rentals out of his condominium at The Cove, a residential

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Short-term rental operator sues Mondrian South Beach condo association (FL)

A short-term rental operator has filed suit against the condo association at the Mondrian South Beach after it was allegedly blocked from renting out units on behalf of owners. Miami World Rental LLC and Mondrian 1026 LLC filed the lawsuit

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Key West business leaders cited a third time for illegal vacation rental

As reasonable rents continue to disappear in Key West, two leading business owners who often advocate for affordable housing keep getting cited by the city for advertising illegal vacation rentals.  For the third time in 15 months, Chris Belland and

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Oxnard (CA) dispute over short-term rental rules heads to court

New rules approved by an Oxnard Shores homeowners association regulating vacation rentals go into effect Saturday, but they face legal challenges.  A couple who rents out property on Reef Way is suing the Mandalay Shores Community Association for passing regulations

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Company defends right to rent condos on Airbnb

Amidst calls for government regulation of short-term rentals, some condo owners are considering legal options to protect their ability to keep hosting through sites like Airbnb.  H&P Properties helps owners find guests for their home and co-foudner Lisa Marion said

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The Airbnb Phenomenon and What It Means for Your Community Association

If your community association is located in or relatively near an area that is attractive to tourists, it is time for your board to start discussing the Airbnb phenomenon and what it might mean in the coming years. Sites like

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Condo owners call on city to rein in Airbnb

Tensions are rising in the corridors of Toronto’s condo buildings as some owners look to cash in by listing their units on short-term rental sites like Airbnb, while others are calling on the city to step in and stop them.

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Oxnard (CA) seeks input from neighborhood divided over short-term rentals

“I am very much for the city taking the lead in doing this in a fair way versus going through the HOA,” Conrad said.  The Mandalay Shores Community Association, the homeowners association that represents the Oxnard Shores neighborhood, recently approved

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Chicago home associations opposed to Airbnb can get on the list

On June 22, the city of Chicago adopted an ordinance that establishes regulations for condominium and homeowners associations affected by the recent surge in home-sharing and vacation rentals — the so-called Airbnb ordinance.   Read the article……………

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Condo owners lose legal fight with Vancouver (BC) strata corporation over renting their units

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a Vancouver strata corporation bylaw that severely limited the number of condo units that can be rented.  Hycroft Towers at 1445 Marpole Avenue has 158 strata lots, according to the ruling written by

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Harbor condos debate: To rent or not to rent? (KY)

Now, pressure is building at the scenic community – where about 300 people live in 158 units east of the East End Bridge tunnels – to possibly restrict or eliminate rentals, in the wake of complaints about too many rentals

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Condo board sues tenant, alleging vacation rental violations

The board of a South Loop condo building sued a renter, alleging he repeatedly violated building rules by filling the unit with short-term tenants via online vacation-rental services.  Although numerous Chicago condo boards and apartment owners have struggled to stop

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Is Airbnb Destroying Strata Living? (Australia)

In Victoria, the Supreme Court handed down a decision on July 22 declaring that neither subdivision law nor strata legislation enabled owners corporations in that state to make rules which prevent owners of individual apartments from leasing out their apartments

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Las Vegas May Amend Short-Term Rental Zoning Rules

Las Vegas officials may clarify rules for short-term housing rentals that have stalled one condo owner’s application for more than six months.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports council members will consider the code amendment this week.    Read the article………….

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Las Vegas (NV) may amend short-term rental zoning rules

Las Vegas officials may clarify rules for short-term housing rentals that have stalled one condo owner’s application for more than six months.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports council members will consider the code amendment next week.  A $500 annual license

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East Lansing (MI) in court again over nearly $20K in rental fines (condo rental)

A city code enforcement officer wrote nearly $20,000 in tickets on one day in February to an East Lansing couple for renting their condominium without a license between 2012 and 2015.  The couple Seth and Elizabeth Kelser have challenged the

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New Chicago Ordinance Helps Condo Associations Enforce Short Term Rental Restrictions

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council adopted an ordinance that now requires property owners wishing to rent on a short term basis to apply for and obtain certain licenses. A part of the application involves confirming that the

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Court finds that strata owners in Victoria cannot make rules to prevent the use of an apartment for short-term lettings (BC)

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that planning law, not strata law, is to govern short-term lettings of strata apartments.  Specifically, in Owners Corporation PS 501391P v Balcombe [2016] VSC 384, Justice Riordan found that

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HOA Homefront: Some suggestions on short-term rental woes

Q. We own a house and a rental in a homeowners association. The association directors are proposing to raise the HOA dues on rental units because of certain “administrative” costs associated with rentals.  It seems to me that this is

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